Imagine for a minute how many carriers it would take to deliver a 5,000-ton module to the job site from your factory. And then imagine there being no roads to ship it on.
That's exactly what faced the contractor that built and installed the bridge.
A bridge spanning the Ohio River and serving as a primary connection between the communities of Wellsburg, W. Va., and Brilliant, Ohio, was constructed off-site and floated into place at the end of April.
The $131 million Wellsburg Bridge is the first alternative delivery project in the state of West Virginia.
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Under the direction of the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT), the project was awarded to prime contractor Flatiron, based in Colorado.
The main span and the arch were constructed using temporary shoring towers upstream at an assembly yard. According to Clark, the advantage was that they could use relatively small equipment with minimal impact, especially to the river.
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